I’ve been on a sabbatical of sorts. Writing has not ceased to be an important part of my life despite my absence from social media for the last several months. Like many of you, writing is not that thing that pays the bills, so I’ve sacrificed much to do this thing I love. As writers, we spend lots of time in solitude when we do have spare time, because if we don’t this thing we love will not get done. So for the last several months, perhaps the last year for some of you, I have not been around because I’ve had to choose between hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites and writing.
As I’ve been hunkered down trying to figure out how to apply the craft I learned workshopping with other talented writers for the past several years, I’ve had much time to reflect on how exactly I’d like to enter the writing world. In that time, I’ve also been studying the self-publishing industry with great interest. After much soul-searching, I’ve decided that I shall take that route when I publish my next few novels. The invitation from the big time New York agent didn’t work out (and that’s a blog for another day), so I’ve decided rather than spending countless hours, days, weeks, and years querying, I’ll just become my own publisher.
Believe you me, I didn’t come to this decision lightly. It is something I feel best fits my life at this moment in time. I think it was all brought home for me when I realized I would never make a “thirty writers under thirty to watch,” list in my lifetime as a writer. My career in writing began after forty, and I’ll never get those years back that I languished as a person who “desired to write” versus that person who now has a “passion to write.”
In the summer of 2014, “Reasons” will debut. Then in the Winter of 2014, the sequel “That’s The Way of The World,” will follow. And somewhere in between, “The Parisian Assignation.” I am going to be writing nonstop, so I will need your encouraging words to keep the creative juju flowing. 🙂
I’m looking forward to having you all take this journey with me. ~ B.
P.S. – I have not done a blog post in so long, I’ve totally forgotten how to do it. “Help me Blogger-wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!” (Sounds like a refresher tutorial is in order.)